July 23rd, 2014

Only 20 Pilgrims Left in Whitehall

Updated figures from the Cabinet Office appear to show that there are only 20 full time trade union ‘pilgrims’ still (not)working in government departments.

This is down from 200 civil servants in November 2011 who were paid not to work, but to instead undertake trade union activity in business hours.

Francis Maude is playing it as a £6 million saving per year.

Victory is almost in sight. Target zero.


  1. 1
    Witty Monker says:

    But why did it take him bloody 4 years?

  2. 2
    Jimmy says:

    Presumably it took him that long to persuade enough TU reps to take up facility time. In order to reduce the full time numbers he will have had to increase the part timers.

  3. 3
    JH103932812-23-9210 says:

    Victory is almost in site.

    Which site? This one?

  4. 4
    JH103932812-23-9210 says:

    Let them all be part time, half an hour a week should be enough to come in and empty the bins.

    Let them do something useful for once in their fucking lives.

  5. 5
    Piano wire says:

    Never mind the govt. What about all the ones in the NHS?

  6. 6
    Ian Hislop says:

    Private Eye have a good piece listing, for example the damning evidence which was not allowed to be presented at the Rebecca brooks trial. Pretty damning, and Gheedougfh had fortnight’s head start but produced nothing.

    Why could that be?

  7. 7
    Not In My Name says:

    None of that means a real cost saving: their duties have just been spread out amongst a wider base of part time Rep’s.

  8. 8
    Andrew Efiong says:


  9. 9
    EC1 PhD says:

    Ed M would like to increase the number of Pilgrims to 1,000,000 thus reducing unemployment by 1,000,000 while protecting the jobs of hard working public sector workers.

  10. 10
    The voting public says:

    But there are also 650 not working leeches elsewhere in Westminster (and thats not including the senile, piss soaked old pervs and nonces in the House of Lords).

    Drop in the fucking ocean, and a fucking soundbite. Just employed more on part time contracts.

  11. 11
    HowMuch? says:

    Well played Guido.

    Worthwhile project and you stuck at it…

  12. 12
    Ed Miliband says:

    If you can work ‘cost of living crisis’ into that I can run with it.

  13. 13
    Public Sector says:

    But who will tick the boxes?

  14. 14
    dai working says:


  15. 15
    Mark Oaten says:


  16. 16
    Ed P says:

    But what about all the Pilgrims in hospitals and other public sectors? It’s a good start, but lots more to do.

  17. 17
    Jack Dromey says:

    You’re either obsessed by the story , or you’re not.

    On that one Hislop is.
    On Gaza, not so much.

  18. 18
    Labour slime says:

    These trade unionists can get trade unions to fund them and not tax payers. Labour slime.

  19. 19
    Hear All See All says:

    Labour happy that EU squander millions of taxpayers money on cultural spending.


  20. 20
    Jimmy the Dhimmi says:

    Who will count after the clipboards which held the forms which checked that everyone had been on their fortnightly diversity training courses ?

  21. 21
    Has Dave taken leave of his senses? says:

    So Cameron is going to punish British industry and British workers so that he can punish Putin for some thing that Putin hasn’t done and some other country will pick up the contracts that Dave has broken which Dave will have to pay for?

  22. 22
    Dangerous Brian says:

    A fondness for ginger minge or an Aussie paymaster?
    You pick.

  23. 23
    Ockham's Razor says:

    I see a two state solution. All public sector workers are in one state which has its own Exchequer and has to raise the funds for its expense as it can.

    The other state will be a low-tax economy, built upon private enterprise, with no contribution to, or requirement from, the other state.

    The first state can pay £1.70 per litre for its fuel. The second will pay the market price untaxed. Same with booze, fags and so on.

    May need a little cleaning up here and there, this is only an outline, but one can expect cheating from the first state members trying to avoid the higher prices which are warranted by their profligacy.

  24. 24

    Straight to the point analysis on geo-political ramifications of MH17 for R’ussia and P’utin on the international stage:

    Executive summary: They have finally jumped the shark.

    Corollary: Open warfare is now an acceptable and likely option for P’utin to keep his broader plan on track. There is not much to be gained by playing nice moving forward as the damage has been done.

    Vote UKIP :-D

  25. 25
    The Growler says:

    “£6 million saving per year” why that’s less than Fawkesy gets for writing all that verbiage in the Sun

  26. 26
    Ockham's Razor says:

    Not unexpected.

    Vote UKIP :-D

  27. 27
    Bloomers in rain-soaked Bongo Bongo Land says:

    Don’t be daft.

  28. 28
    Ockham's Razor says:

    Worth repeating, Bloomers, old boy:

    If one lists all these alleged accidents, one finds they nearly always happen within the locus of RF/USSR or PRC.

    Amazing coincidence!

    Vote UKIP and God Save The Queen :-D

  29. 29
    From EU to NUT....Unions are parasites says:

    Doesn’t matter how much or little is saved it is the principle that counts.

    Even if it were to cost, it would still be worth every penny spent.

  30. 30
    Ockham's Razor says:

    That is absolute nonsense. They only pay him £4m.

    Vote UKIP and God Save The Queen :-D

  31. 31

    Doubling down is a bit ‘unexpected’ but it is good to have common sense confirmed by an actual expert.

    Now the old Soviet play-book would look to create a diversion fairly soon – something serious.

    Eyes down on M’oldova or G’eorg!a perhaps, and expect some real shoe banging on the UN podium soon. We’ve just had walkout.

    Vote UKIP :-D

  32. 32
    Ockham's Razor says:

    It is almost back to the 60s.

    Francis Fukuyama had better start scribbling again, pretty fast. ;-)

    Vote UKIP and God Save The Queen :-D

  33. 33
    Funded EU nutcase says:

    You are a bloody nutcase. The EU started this and the rebels that rose against the EU’s coop most likely shot down the plane using Ukrainian army gear. And why did the EU send a civilian plane through a war zone.

    The propaganda of the Western press is absolutely amazing. They have forgotten the dodgy dossiers, that’s for sure.

  34. 34
    non taxable pikey says:

    Nicky Morgan better start kicking a few backsides after this result.


  35. 35
    EC1 PhD says:

    By increasing the number of tax-payer funded union representatives from 20 to 1,000,000, the ensuing increased tax take will allow 20 million hardworking private and public sector workers to be pre-distributed to the living wage, thus eliminating the cost of living crisis.

  36. 36
    The Benn Dynasty says:


    A. Nepotism.

  37. 37
    Free the Max One says:

    I feel sorry for Nicole “Nikki” Sinclaire, what will happen if ‘she’ gets banged away?

  38. 38
    Jimmy the window licker says:

    Ed M would like to increase the number of Pilgrims to 1,000,000 thus reducing unemployment by 1,000,000 while protecting the jobs of hard working public sector workers suffering from a cost of living crisis brought on by the nasty Tories.


    Even a window licker like Jimmy could manage this.

  39. 39

    Join Now !

    Vote UKIP :-D

  40. 40
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  41. 41
    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    Get rid of Checkoff and the unions and Labour would die.

  42. 42
    Jimmy the window licker says:


    Twats like me can’t possibly work for a living. We can’t wait for Ed Milli to return us to the promised land flowing with school milk and bennies.

  43. 43
    MI5 agent sat on a bench in Kensington Palace Green says:

    Thank you for your wonderfully balanced input Ivan.

  44. 44
    Ashton's you man egged on by Kerry says:

    6 months ago I would have said you can’t re-write history. But it is happening before our very eyes. This all started when the expansionist EU ignored historic agreements that Ukraine would be a buffer zone between the West and Russia. And Catherine Ashton encouraged them to join the EU and given that a good proportion of Ukrainians are either Russian or Pro Russia she was laying down the foundations for WW3 or Cold war 2.

  45. 45
    A Pilgrim says:

    Free Palestine!

  46. 46
    nmj says:

    Once more in English, please.

  47. 47
    Owen Jones says:

    Ill be signing copies of my book ‘Gays have more rights than straights unless they are Muzzies in which case fuck them.’

    Buy a copy before the publisher pulps them like my last few attempts!

  48. 48
    Tim Yeo-Yo says:

    Good comment. Doesn’t alter the fact that the Russian separatists shot down the plane and that the Kremlin are trying to cover it up.

  49. 49
    Querulous says:

    …and police

  50. 50
    Lazy con artists bastids says:

    Maybe he should extend the cull to Northern Ireland where there are probably more than 20 skiving in each of the health boards…to begin with

  51. 51
    Benn-efits scrounger says:

    Wow, by the second paragraph she’s already using her mother’s cancer as a reason she should get into parliament – is nothing sacred?!

  52. 52
    David E says:

    Didn’t the Home Office have over 100 Union Officials on the payroll?

    Also there were hordes of them in the NHS and Local Government?
    Have they all gone?

  53. 53
    White Northern Third Worlder says:

    But who will look after the interests of us third worlders up north? We need more benefits we’ve got food banks up here. I hate the Tories.

  54. 54
    Jimmy says:

    Ukraine’s been trying to join since the 90s.

    One or two of you really need to start reading the paper once in a while.

  55. 55
    John Bellingham says:

    “EU’s coop”? Is that where the Chicken Kiev’s will come home to roost?

  56. 56
    Major in the Fawlty Towers bar says:

    Good God! She’s dusky! Did one of the Benns’ bring their bloody ayah back with them, or are they just trying to be fashionable?

  57. 57
    Cinna says:

    Answer: F’ck all.

  58. 58
    Anonymous says:

    Can’t rewrite history WTF? Labour and moronic fuckwits like jimmy never stop doing that. The best one by far was the economy was fucked before 2005 yet Labour rewrote history to blame the bankers who they themselves let off the leash

    The rest is history as you might say.

  59. 59

    Well no-one will pay you for it.

  60. 60
    Penfold says:

    Still need to deal with the part timers, there’s plenty of them around.

  61. 61

    Political Correctness is the cornerstone of the Benn tradition Ms. Benn is as PC as it is possible to be.

  62. 62

    The usual, unless she’s a proponent of Planned Parenthood.

  63. 63

    The Gummit have got to keep the IRA happy somehow

  64. 64
    Penfold says:

    Nita Clarke Bowes is a politician.

    also known as Nita Clarke Benn
    profession: Politician
    Marriage with Stephen Benn
    parent of
    Daniel Benn
    Emily Benn

  65. 65

    With every Kilo of Halal meat.

  66. 66
    Mad Franke Fraser says:

    That’s my boy

  67. 67

    They’re in hiding, waiting for Dave to sack another Minister who gets things done.

  68. 68

    Get on your clogs and look for work!

  69. 69

    I’ve just realised that as more jobs are becoming available, that’s why you hate the Tories.

  70. 70
    The Black Fingernail says:

    ‘She’ is about 7 feet tall. She’ll be fine.

  71. 71

    But who will waste tax payers money to promote the Labour cause?!

  72. 72
    Concrete Jungle says:

    Growth – The Need To Cover The Country In Concrete

    Pilgrims carry on walking

  73. 73
    Owen Jones says:

    When Labour get back in power every school will be required to have at least 100 copies available in their libraries. Apart for Muzzie schools. They can have a copy of ’60 ways to kill a homo-jewboy inshalah!’ By Mohowen Jonslalabad.

  74. 74
    Anonymous says:

    Because it was difficult to tell who was working.

  75. 75
    JH103932812-23-9210 says:

    Emily Benn: What I can offer British politics

    She can offer four things – the letter ‘B’, the letter ‘e’, and then two letter ‘n’s.

  76. 76
    Spartacus says:

    Only 20 full time trade union ‘pilgrims’

    27,452 pilgrims working part time (6 hrs a day)

  77. 77
    JustSayNo_toFriendsofIsrael says:

    In answer to Guido’s hysterical chasing of that MP who dared to ‘offend’ the Israel lobby with a couple of tweets…

    Just came across this chap – a current Harvard Professor who gives a balanced and compelling perspective on why the Israel lobby is bad for the USA, bad for Israel and bad for Palestine.
    And by default, why the lobby is/will be bad for the UK.

    If you were too worried about criticising Israel for fear of being branded anti-semitic, [like we had been scared to call out uncontrolled immigration in the UK for fear of being branded racist], then check out the link below.

    Professor Walt also has speeches on Youtube, [search out moveoveraipac].
    Not a nutter, but a sensible, brave academic, whose research will resonate with the average person on the street who has probably been too wary about voicing their legitimate concerns about supporting Israel.


  78. 78
    Ghost of Lady Thatcher says:

    and what about all the non teachers, non nurses and non policemen also being Pilgrims?

    Any news on the fragrant Jane Pilgrim herself? Has her company filed any accounts?

  79. 79
    Barracco Barner says:

    I would!

  80. 80
    M says:

    There is a pot of someone else’s money and they want it for doing nothing .
    Coz its easier to farm the population than do the work yourself

    ( AKA socialism )

  81. 81
    Ghost of Lady Thatcher says:

    and a bacon sandwich to go

  82. 82
    Kronos says:

    balanced…. er no. He gives the game away in the first paragraph and they goes on to build a straw man to support his position. Talk about extrapolated arguments!

  83. 83
    The Critic says:

    Excellent idea. Let’s make Scotland the home of the public sector and restore Hadrian’s Wall complete with miefileds and watchtowers.

  84. 84
    The Critic says:

    Possibly. The problem he will have is that his largely poorly trained army is not very good. Some units are but the bulk really are not up to war at all.

    Witness their performance in Chechnya and Afghanistan.

    We should also watch Merkel -it would make a lot of sense for her to have good economic and political relations with Russia.Gas imports being a case in point.Also German-American relations are strained at the moment. She is known in the Ukraine as Mrs Ribbentrop,which may give a clue to where her sympathies lie.

    She was active in defeating the US proposal to let the Ukraine and Georgia join NATO

    After all, she grew up in East Germany and speaks fluent Russian. Makes you wonder why the US chose to spy on her government – a lack of trust perhaps?

  85. 85
    Anonymous says:

    “Francis Maude is playing it as a £6 million saving per year.”
    Not a lot. But it could be put towards repayment of all the dubious ‘contributions’ paid to political parties in general. As arguably there’s no such thing as a free lunch, or potentially a non-anonymous quid pro quo payment. If we had real democracy, lobbying would probably disappear completely. Because a peoples’ policy majority has just too many arms to twist.

  86. 86

    G’ermany is not part of the 5-Eyes.

    The country is not trusted for many reasons. Her spin otherwise can be ignored.

    She seems to have recently realized she may have been played, and is perhaps now aware of just how much R’ussia have penetrated G’ermany also.

    They are headed for less dependency on Gas at present – she now realizes that was a mistake.

    Vote UKIP :-D

  87. 87
    Clarks Pie says:

    Until pilgrims in the NHS, local government and *everything else* is tackled, this is a PR drop in the ocean.

    Taxpayers fund these bastards while the unions are awash with money.

    Did you know that Unison have their own subsidised resort FFS?


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